Choice: Minimalist PmWiki skin conversion

Choice is easily my favorite skin port so far. Beautifully minimalist, with a nice splice of color, fits a slightly formal feel.


Transfering domain names from GoDaddy to NameCheap

In the past I'd registered my domain names through GoDaddy, simply because they were at the time the cheapest, and options were limited. Today there are many other domain registrars, and I finally had enough with the continous up-selling push that GoDaddy puts me through everytime I try to use their domain manager. So I decided to switch to NameCheap. They have a good reputation, prices are reasonable, and their domain manager is simple, clean, and doean't continually try to sell me on things I don't want. Moving domain names between registrars is easy enough, but there are a few gotchas that I thought I'd note. Most of the sneakyness occurs on the GoDaddy side, where things aren't very well documented.

In order to transfer a domain from one provider to another, you need an EPP code. You request the EPP code from your current registrar, for each domain name. You then initiatie the transfer from the new registrar, and provide the EPP code as a means of authorization.
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Equilibrium: Minimalist PmWiki skin conversion

Equilibrium was the start of my minimalist period. The skin was designed for displaying thumbnail images on the main page summary list, and even now has a pretty unique look. Even when it's used in a more non-image blog, it still looks great, nicely grid-aligned.



BlogIt Release 1.6.0

On schedule this time, 4 weeks after the last release, Blogit 1.6.0 is ready, and brings the ability to run custom code pre/post BlogIt events, easy RSS configuration, and finally a fix to a sporadic but elusive problem where blog dates would randomize (thank PHP strtotime for that one).

Huge thanks this time goes out to OtherMichael who worked through a pretty long debug cycle to narrow down the date-randomization issue. Also to SteP for his usual bug-catching ability, and to Ricardo. Thanks guys.

Check out the PmWiki BlogIt project page for a full list of changes, and installation information.

Green Marinee: PmWiki skin conversion

The Green Marinee skin has been around for years. So long ago that the author, Ian Main, no longer has a presence on the web. The theme doesn't have as much white space as most modern skins, but it's a great layout.



PHP strtotime assumptions with European and American date formats

PHP date functions really are the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. The primary problem with them is a grandiose assumption that date formats are going to be American format. There is typically no mechanism to indicate alternate format. At minimum a simple parameter would work Eu/US/ISO; clearly things are not that simple in real life, and so a more sophisticated solution should be encouraged, but to continue to assume that your developer audience is US-centric is a little ostrich-like.

BlogIt has had a persistent, but sporadic problem almost since day one, where saving a blog entry would cause the date to be stored wildly incorrectly. So "11-08-2010" would get stored as "30-Jan-2017". I spent the better 10 hours working with someone who was having a problem with BlogIt, only to discover an hidden assumption in strtotime.
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Glossy Hue: PmWiki skin conversion

This is another very early PmWiki skin conversion. And one which has stuck with me. I've used it on my personal blog for years now. It doesn't have any fancy features, just a main section, and a right column, basic blog design. But for me it gels nicely together in an informal airy way.

Skidoo: PmWiki note-taking skin

Skidoo was my first PmWiki skin. I designed it from scratch, specifically for note taking. I use PmWiki to capture all my work and personal notes, and wanted something that provided quick access to recent pages, projects lists, table-of-contents, and most importantly quick access to the pages used on side-bars, headers, footers, etc.

Skiddo has all that. You can quickly edit all the main page elements, to add new links. It also has tabs in the left and right columns which provide access to various pages lists, for recent edits. Not especially pretty, but very functional.

Colorimetry: PmWiki skin conversion

I'm never quite sure how to categorize Colorimetry; it not quite formal enough to be business lie, but a little too formal to be used for a personal blog. It is pretty flexible though, and is a good base for adapting. Nice elements, are the top tab links, and the left bar header highlights.

Skittlish: PmWiki skin conversion

Skittlish is one of my early skin conversions, and one which I used for a while on my tech blog. It's got a good range of bright color themes which can be selected by the viewer from a theme picker on the page, and a cool font-resizing widget built in. One of my favorites.